Church news (week of Sept. 22, 2010)

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By Tom Wilmoth


Hickory Grove UMC celebrates 50th anniversary
    Hickory Grove United Methodist Church will hold its 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3.  Saturday’s festivities begin at noon with dinner at 12:30 p.m. followed by special music and games for children.  The Golden Anniversary Service will be on Sunday at 9 a.m.  While Hickory Grove United Methodist Church has existed as a congregation for over 100 years, this 50 Years of Faith and Fellowship event is a celebration of the church building where members worship today. 

    Mentow Baptist Church, Huddleston, will be hosting a revival starting Sunday evening, September 19, and continuing through Wednesday, September 22, at 7:00 each evening.  On Sunday evening, there will be a covered-dish sinner starting at 5:45.
    The guest speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Tom Stocks, who is Regional Field Strategist and Deacon Training Specialist for the Virginia Baptist Mission Board (BGAV).  Prior to 2008, he served as pastor for 19 years at Rosalind Hills Baptist Church of Roanoke.  He and his wife, Paula, still reside in Roanoke, where she is a third grade school teacher at one of the Roanoke County schools. They have two daughters - Lindsey Rachel and Ashley Margaret, who both attend Radford University.  Dr. Stocks received his Doctor of Ministry from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He also received degrees from Appalachian State University and Mars Hill College.  

Thaxton Community Revival Sept. 18-23
    The churches of Thaxton invite you to the annual Thaxton Community Revival with Evangelist Jack Clark preaching. The schedule is as follows:
    Wednesday Sept 22- Cool Springs Pentecostal Holiness
    Thursday Sept 23- Peaks Presbyterian
    All services will begin at 7. For directions and other information call Thaxton Baptist at (540) 586-8348 or Rev. Geoff Hubbard at (540) 793-1116.

New Life Community Baptist Church relocating
    New Life Community Baptist Church of Bedford VA is relocating on October 3 to the Tharp Chapel at 320 North Bridge Street, Bedford.  The church will conduct Sunday Bible study at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m.  The parking lot and access to the facility are at the rear of the building.  The building has an easy, handicap accessible entrance.  A special emphasis called ACTS will be conducted during October.  ACTS stands for All the Church Together on Sunday.  Pastor Ross will be preaching from the book of Acts on references to the church being "together". 

Fall Revival
    The Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Bunker Hill Community, where the Rev. Jesse Waller is pastor, will be having Fall Revival Oct. 18-22. The preacher for the week will be Elder Johnny W. Hunt. Prayer service will be at 7 p.m. nightly with church services starting at 7:30 nightly. Area choirs will be there nightly.


Thursday, Sept. 23

Catholics Returning Home
    Holy Name of Mary will conduct “Welcome Home,” a program for non-practicing Catholics who are thinking about returning to the Church.  The seven week series offers a beginning to spiritual reunion and a deeper relationship with Christ and His Church.  It begins on Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m., in the social hall.  For more information, call Ruth at 586-8988.

Saturday, Sept. 25

Ordination service
    The ordination service for Brother Willie Bonds for Deacon will be held on Sept. 25, at Freedom Outreach Ministries located at 212 East Washington Street, Bedford City. The service will start at 5:30 p.m. For more information concerning the service contact Pastor Bonds or Brother Bonds at (540) 5786-1469 or (540) 583-8082.

Singles Empowerment Expo
    The S.P.I.R.I.T. Singles Ministry of Family Life Christian Church International will hold its Singles Empowerment Expo, "Maximizing Your Potential" on Saturday, September 25, at 10 a.m.  The location address is 22059 Timberlake Rd, Lynchburg, VA.  The cost is $10 which does includes lunch.  For more information or to register, log onto www.flccinc.org or call 434-534-6904. 

Sunday, Sept. 26

Bedford Lutheran to host medical ethicist
    The community is invited to hear Dr. Michael Gillette, widely acclaimed medical ethicist, speak on the topic of genetics at Bedford Lutheran Church’s Adult Forum on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 9:15 a .m.  Dr. Gillette will provide insight into the ethical use of genetic possibilities and break-through discoveries which effect our lives, from the foods we eat to medical opportunities.
    Dr. Gillette is president of Bioethical Services of Virginia, a medical consulting business.  He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and has taught at the Medical College of Virginia where  he was awarded the Outstanding teacher award for several years.  He is medical ethicist advisor to Centra Health in Lynchburg and serves at 15 state facilities, 40 Community Service boards, and other hospitals around the state.
    Dr. Gillette has served as board chair of the Agudath Shalom Congregation in Lynchburg, as president of the Academy of Fine arts, and was given the National Conference of Christian and Jews Humanitarian Award.  He was appointed by Governor Warner to the Virginian-Israel Advisory Board and currently is serving his seventh year on the Lynchburg City Council.
    The program will be at the Bower Center for the Arts, 305 North Bridge Street, where the Lutheran Church holds its services of worship.  Coffee and doughnuts will be served at 9 a.m and the program will end at 10: 30 a.m. so that those attending may worship in their respective churches or remain for worship at Bedford Lutheran.  Further information is available at 434 - 841 - 9534.   

    Pisgah Presbyterian Church will hold its annual homecoming on Sunday, September 26. The Rev. Lowell B. Sykes will lead the worship service at 11 a.m.There will be a covered dish lunch following the service.

    Evington United Methodist Church will have its Homecoming on Sunday, Sept. 26 with chaplains Bunny and Blonnie Gregory as speakers. Lunch following.

Friday, Oct. 1

Greater Love in concert
    At Halesford Baptist Church, 2485 Lost Mountain Rd., Wirtz, Va  24184. The concert will be held October 1, at 7 p.m. Free. For further information,  call 540-719-1538.  A love offering will be received.

Sunday, Oct. 3

Family & Friends Day
    The Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Bunker Hill Community, where the Rev. Jesse Waller is pastor, will be having Family & Friends Day on Oct. 3. The preacher for the 3 p.m. service will be the Rev. Anderson from Promise Land Baptist Church.

Stand Up For Life Chain
    The 2010 Stand Up For Life Chain will be on Sunday, Oct. 3, from 2 to 3 p.m. They will meet in from of the Bedford County Court House at 1:45 p.m. for an hour of silent prayer for an end to  abortion. Signs will be provided. For more information, call Greg Thompson at 586-9417.

Saturday, Oct. 9

Downtown Sounds of Praise Concert
    The Downtown Moneta Association and Lyons Team Realtors have announced the first Downtown Sounds of Praise Concert on Saturday, Oct. 9, Starting at 5 p.m.  Concert will feature several local church ministries, organizations and bands, including groups from Liberty University.  Kendra Cook Penn, longtime soloist at Thomas Road Baptist Church, will also be performing.  There are still opportunities for musical ministries and bands to sign-up.  Concert is scheduled to be an outdoor event—attendees should bring lawn chairs, blankets, et cetera.  For more information, contact Jody Lyons at Lyons Team Realtors, 540-297-7777.  Proceeds will benefit Lake Christian Ministries.

Thursday, Oct. 28

Concerned Women for America
    On Thursday, Oct. 28, from 7-9 p.m. at Brookhill Wesleyan  Church, 1043 Cifax Road, Forest, learn about today’s pressing issues from state and national speakers and how you can make a difference. Speaking will be: Wendy Wright – president of Concerned Women for America; George Tryfiates – executive director of Concerned Women for America; Victoria Cobb – president of Family Foundation, VA.